Left-wing politicians and activists around the world have spoken out in solidarity with Evo Morales and the people of Bolivia following a US-backed right-wing coup in the country.
The leader of the U.K. Labour Party was the first to lead the worldwide condemnation of the coup d’etat, stating that Evo Morales “has brought so much social progress to Bolivia” and adding that the coup has been “appalling.” Corbyn has said that that he condemns the actions of the Bolivian military and stands in solidarity with the people of the South American nation.
The condemnation from Corbyn would be followed by further condemnation across the British left with journalist Owen Jones stating that the coup must not succeed, Labour activist group Momentum naming the coup as “imperialist” and calling for condemnation.
The new dawn of socialism in the United States was on full display as grassroots democrats, activists and politicians all spoke out in support of Morales, a situation once unthinkable in the country. The protests begin via the Green Party’s Jill Stein who stated that claims of electoral fraud in Bolivia are false and “classic US State propaganda.”
The Center for Economic and Policy Research has concluded that there was no fraud involved in the recent Bolivia elections, stating that the results of 500 simulations show that Morales’ first-round victory was not just possible, but probable, based on the results of the initial 83.85 percent of votes in the quick count.
“The OAS press statement of October 21 and its preliminary report on the Bolivian elections raise disturbing questions about the organization’s commitment to impartial, professional, electoral observation. The OAS should investigate to find out how such statements, which may have contributed to political conflict in Bolivia, were made without any evidence whatsoever.”Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR
A report by CEPR verifies that historic voting tendencies favoring Morales in later-reporting polling areas explain why the gap between Morales and Mesa widened as votes were counted, ending with an official result that put Morales ahead of Mesa by 10.57 points.
Stein would soon be followed by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar as the leading left-wing lights of the American Democrats showed a united front in condemning the coup.
Prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald added his voice to the objections, as did GreyZone’s Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal.
Iconic thinker Noam Chomsky released a statement alongside the historian, journalist and Marxist intellectual Vijay Prashad identifying the Bolivian oligarchy and the United States as being behind the violence and overthrow of the Bolivian government.
“The coup is driven by the Bolivian oligarchy, who are angered by the fourth election loss by their parties to the Movement for Socialism. The oligarchy is fully supported by the United States government, which has long been eager to remove Morales and his movement from power. For over a decade, the US embassy’s Center of Operations in La Paz has articulated the fact that it has two plans – Plan A, the coup; Plan B, assassination of Morales.
This is a serious breach of the UN Charter and of all international obligations.
We stand against the coup, and with the Bolivian people. We hope that they will be able to withstand what is thrown against them in the days to come.”Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad
Allies across Latin America have also been throwing their support behind Morales, with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez leading the condemnation. Support has also come from Nicaragua, Cuba and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa praised Evo Morales for his “responsible” attitude when deciding to resign in the face of a “coup d’état”, with the armed forces and police having “mutinied” and “revolted” to avoid “widespread bloodshed”.
Correa highlighted the campaign of violence against left-wing politicians and activists before the coup, a campaign that included arson, kidnapping and death threats. He would add that Socialism in Latin America is a “danger to the system” and that internal and external forces will do anything to stop its growth.
The protests against the illegal coup d’etat have also spread to the streets, with protests in New York, Caracas and Buenos Aires alongside other cities around the world.
In Venezuela, supporters gathered near the Miraflores Palace in Caracas to protest the coup. Footage shows demonstrators carrying the Wiphala, a flag representing native communities of the Andes and Bolivian flags, chanting slogans in support of Morales.
“Today we feel a very deep pain because of what they have done to our brother Evo Morales. We, the indigenous peoples and as indigenous as our brother Evo is, we defend him, we fight for him and we give what is possible so that democracy in Bolivia continues”Cruz Alguaca, protester in Caracas
In Buenos Aires, protestors again flew the Wiphala flag and chanting slogans in support of Morales. People were also seen drawing Morales’s portrait. Some protesters were spotted crying.
In New York meanwhile, protestors were seen holding banners reading: “End fascist violence in Bolivia!” and “No to the US-backed coup in Bolivia!”
The following is an extract from out previous article entitled The Lithium Coup: Democratically Elected Bolivian President Victim of U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Military Coup.
Bolivia has seen a radical transformation under Morales and socialism which has seen them, alongside Venezuela, become a prime target for the U.S. empire.
Under Morales illiteracy has been lowered to a mere 2.4% from 13% in 2006, unemployment has been lowered to 4.1% from 9.2% in 2006, moderate poverty has been lowered to 34.6% from a huge 60.6% and extreme poverty has been lowered to 15.2% from 38.2%.
Morales, the first indigenous President of Bolivia, made huge strides in tackling racism, sexism, inequality and poverty in Bolivia. His economic reforms that saw taxation on the oil and gas industry allowed for massive social spending and the transformation of the country. He successfully reduced Bolivia’s dependence on the World Bank, IMF and U.S. backing, making enemies amongst Bolivian capitalists and the far-right alongside international capital, neoliberals and of course the United States who have eyes on the country’s immense lithium reserves.
A Geological Survey of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats has shown that the area alone contains 9 million tons of lithium, over a quarter of the world’s known reserves.
As the green movement grows around the world and countries begin to outlaw diesel and gasoline-powered cars, prices for lithium have rocketed. This encouraged Bolivia to seek foreign investment, opening the country to capitalism and allowing the Devil in the front door.
Bolivia secured a $1.3bn investment from Germany’s ACI Systems and was scheduled to begin working on the lithium industry in Bolivia in order to generate $1bn per year in profits, demands for metals such as cobalt, nickel and lithium soaring as the German auto industry looks to urgently take a commanding position in electric vehicles. The deal was considered essential to the future of the auto industry in Germany.
The deal provoked a string of protests in Bolivia over the number of benefits local communities would have received from the deal, protests that Morales believed were organised by the opposition and their U.S. backers. The U.S., of course, has little interest in seeing Germany take the lead in the future of auto manufacturing, nor the knock-on benefits that would be seen across the E.U.
The Bolivia/ACI Systems deal was cancelled just seven days ago and local Governor Carlos Cejas publicly blamed agitators from both inside and outside the state of undermining development in the Potosi region.
Morales wanted to utilise Bolivia’s lithium reserves in the same way Saudi Arabia has utilised oil, setting the global price for the mineral. The scenario would have brought unprecedented wealth into Bolivia, wealth that would undoubtedly have been distributed into the social projects that have become the norm under the socialist leadership.
The United States can never countenance the success of socialist states. To continue the illusion of capitalist success and socialist “failure” they have regularly attempted to suppress socialist movements throughout the world with unjustified sanctions to destroy the economy, violent insurrection and the imposition of far-right military dictatorships. The imperialist campaign of abuses allows the lie of “socialism doesn’t work” to continue as the United States hides their hand in affairs.